Massachusetts law about professional licensing

A compilation of laws, regulations, and web sources on professional licensing in Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts laws

MGL c.112, Establishes the boards of registration for the professions.

Massachusetts regulations

230-270 CMR Boards of registration. You can find the regulations governing a particular profession here.

Web sources

Division of Professional Licensure boards of registration
A listing with links to boards that license everything from allied health professionals to veterinarians. Each board has a link to its regulations, applications, fees, etc.

Division of Professional Licensure: check a license
The DPL oversees 39 boards which license and regulate more than 167 trades and professions in Massachusetts.  You can look up the license of a professional you're thinking of doing business with, or your own license – everything from real estate, to cosmetology, to construction management, and more.

Division of Professional Licensure consumer bill of rights
While not carrying the force of law, these "rights" articulate the philosophy of the Division

Find a licensed professional
You can search by occupation and location and see any disciplinary actions dating back to 1993

Professional licenses & permits, Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation
Lists all categories of employment that require licensing by the state with links to agencies.

Manual for conducting administrative adjudicatory proceedings, by Robert Quinlan, Asst. Atty. General, 2012 edition.
Provides guidance to members of boards of registration participating in adjudicatory proceedings

Contact

Phone

Within Massachusetts only

Within Massachusetts only

Online

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Address

Administrative office (no law library at this location)
2 Center Plaza
9th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Last updated: April 17, 2019
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